Chris' Corner: Eco-friendly Kitchen Tips - Part Two

Eco-friendly Kitchen Tips - Part Two

Here are some tips that might help you reduce the energy you consume (and save you some money) in the kitchen:

  • Go Paperless - Some newer washable viscose cloths (including those made with sustainable Bamboo) can soak up many times more liquid than paper towels. Use cloth napkins at the dinner table rather than paper.
  • Take the Temperature - of your refrigerator... 35-38 degrees F (2-3 degrees C) is the optimal temperature range to reduce spoilage and wasted energy. Your freezer section should be 0 degrees F (-18 degrees C). Use a thermometer to ensure your fridge and freezer sections are at optimal temperature.
  • Let your Leftovers Cool Down - before you refrigerating or freezing. Thirty minutes at room temperature will help in reducing the load on your fridge/freezer (be careful not to let some perishable food stand at room temperature for more than two hours to reduce the risk of contamination)
  • Be Dishwasher Wise - Run your dishwasher with full loads, using the light cycle and use non-toxic, biodegradable soaps. Try letting your dishes air dry rather than heat-dry.
  • Nuke it - Microwaves can use up to 80% less heat than an oven. They are a "greener" way of warming leftovers and steaming vegetables. Try placing your dish on the outer edge of a rotating platter to warm your food even faster.

Chris Smith CSSBB
          Sales Representative

Interested in Buying or Selling Real Estate?

  ph: 1.866.936.3500

Re/Max
Chay Realty Inc.,
Brokerage

Comment balloon 10 commentsChris Smith • October 01 2011 09:06PM

Comments

Good tips Chris. I need to be attentive to more of these things.

Posted by Karen Crowson, Your Agent for Change (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 9 years ago

Hi Chris,

Great Tips, this is an excellent addition to your previous list of energy saving tips, thebeauty of your tips is that they are so very easy to implement. Thanks a bunch.

Posted by Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986., Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490 (eXp Realty, Victoria BC www.pfanntastic.com) about 9 years ago

Great ways to save energy and money and time, thanks

Posted by Mary Macy, Top Agents Atlanta Metro (Top Agents Atlanta Metro) about 9 years ago

Hi Chris - About a year or so ago, I started to split the dishwasher soap tablets in half and I don't notice any difference in the cleanliness of the dishes.  However, the cost of the tablets has decreased in half. 

Posted by FN LN about 9 years ago

Karen, the tips in this series are so easy... once you remember them... virtually no change to your routine.

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 9 years ago

Peter and Linda, I have found that changes in behaviour that are easy to adopt are more likely to be adopted

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 9 years ago

You are very welcome Mary

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 9 years ago

Marc, great tip for the kitchen... I have found you can use the same principle for almost anything... toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, laundry detergent etc... using less than recommended will hardly or make no difference.

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 9 years ago

Good morning, Chris. Great tips. I nuke as much as possible as I do understand it uses less energy... 

Posted by Michael Thornton, Nashville Area - Photography & Videography (RadnorLake Video) about 9 years ago

Hi Chris~

You should start a group for Green Tips! 

Thanks for the reminder to keep it green every day!

Posted by Judi Boad (ACCURATE REALTY GROUP) about 9 years ago

Participate